08/23/2006

Bill 43, The Clean Water Act, 2006: ROMA Presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. August 23, 2006.
August 23, 2006

Bill 43, The Clean Water Act, 2006:
 ROMA Presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy


Municipalities have fundamental concerns around the current structure of the proposed legislation. It is clear from the proposed legislation that the only decision maker is the province. This is very disconcerting, especially when dealing with Source Water Plans around wellheads and intake areas. These are critical areas of municipal responsibility as they deal with the protection of drinking water. As the legislation currently reads, the Province, by virtue of its decision making in all aspects of the Source Water Protection Plan development, has the full “ownership” of the plan.

While municipalities have no apparent role in decision-making at the front end of the process, they are required to take on new substantive responsibilities of implementation.

Municipalities should, at a minimum, have the ability to “set a minimum area of protection” of what happens to our wellheads or intake areas.